Born in 1963 in Cairo, Egypt
Lives and works in New-York, USA
Ghada Amer is best known for her subversive embroidered paintings that appropriate imagery from pornographic magazines as a means of creating an entirely feminine and feminist language of painting. She studied at the Villa Arson in Nice (France).
Her consistent use of embroidery in her paintings, a skill traditionally associated with femininity or “women’s work,” in conjunction with the erotic imagery of women in positions of sexual pleasure realigns our notions of objectification.
Recently, Amer began exploring ceramics in a two-year residency at the Greenwich House Pottery Studio, showing her interest in circumventing the boundaries of media, as the ceramics function as “paintings” that exist within the space itself.